The Black-Green federal government proudly presented the new anti-inflation package: Rent breaks for subsidized housing, category rents and benchmark rents have been decided, which will save tenants “about 500 to 1000 euros in the coming year”, Chancellor Karl Count Nehmer (OVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kögler (Greens).
And as a special hit for all private car owners as well as companies that use their vehicles for work: the price of the motorway vignette will not be increased this year, it will remain at 96.40 euros (annual vignette). The price of the climate ticket – apparently a concession to the Greens by the ÖVP – does not increase.
These measures could actually have been a relief for drivers in Austria if Nehmer and Kögler’s government colleagues had not increased the CO2 price further with their consent: From January 1, 2024, Leonorus Gewessler’s CO2 strategy will again lower the fuel prices. Will increase by about 10 cents per liter.
ARBÖ press spokesman Sebastian Obrecht said: “As a result of CO2 pricing from January 1, 2024, fuel prices will increase by about 10 cents. This means that filling each tank (70 litres) becomes seven euros more expensive at one stroke. Fact: If you fill the tank three times a month, it will cost you an additional 252 euros per year (168 euros with only two tank stops per month).
One hand gives, the other takes: Instead of making the outright purchase of a motorway vignette more expensive, the next increase of the CO2 tax could be canceled – this would save car owners not just a few euros, but at least 168 euros. Would have happened. euro per year. And: All retail chains, freight forwarding and craft businesses, all of whom will now have to pay more for fuel from January 1 due to the Green Climate Minister’s arbitrary use of CO2, will not pass this increase in price on to end consumers. ,